“So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.’” – Isaiah 28:16
Do you have a foundation, or foundations, in your life that will stand up to the tests that are thrown your way?
Foundations, for example in our homes, are typically under ground, and can only be seen as you would probe beneath the surface of the house. Even when you scan the basement walls from the inside, you seldom gain a clear view of the whole foundation. Typically, the time you find out about a bad foundation is about the time you are selling your house and the inspector gives you the news! (“Get that fixed, because the consequence might be ‘And the foolish man’s house went “splat!”’)
Our faith can go “splat” just like that foolish man’s house (life) if our foundations are faulty. Isaiah says it like this, in the preceding verse, “for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter.” We might not always discern where we have taken refuge and made our shelter. The lies and the falsehoods can include self-reliance, self-righteousness, our knowledge (even Biblical knowledge!), our riches, our giftedness, entitlement, performance, accomplishment, self- centeredness….and the list could go on! None of those things will last. Each one erodes into a “splat” when they are tested by the challenges of life.
But, the stone that has been laid by the Sovereign Lord, according to Isaiah:
- Is tested
The one who relies on it (God), Isaiah says, will never be stricken with panic-the sudden overpowering feeling of fear or terror- because we are anchored to the sure foundation. We know the precious cornerstone of our unshakable foundation to be Jesus Christ- Affirmed in the following verses: 2 Peter 2:6-8, Romans 9:33, Zech 10:4, Eph 2:20.
Loving Father, thank you for the blessing of Jesus as our sure foundation, tested and precious. Thank you for revealing the faulty foundations we build which fade and lead us to places of fear and anxiety. Help us build all of our life on you.
~ Karen Arnold